Cherokee Charter Academy lost 17 teachers last school year, said Colleen Reynolds, spokeswoman for Charter Schools USA — the management company of Cherokee Charter Academy.
According to reports in 2013, with a total of 80 employees at the school, almost 20 percent of the school’s employees turned in their resignation in the last year. The number counts only teacher resignations.
Reynolds was unable to provide information on how many teachers or total employees now work at Cherokee Charter Academy.
The Cherokee County School Board is slated to hire six of those teachers at its meeting tonight, said Cherokee School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby.
“In addition to these six teachers, CCSD hired one teacher from CCA during the 2012-13 school year,” Jacoby said.
Reynolds said of the 17 resignations last school year, 10 came after Spring Break, three happened in May and June, and four more occurred throughout the year.
The charter school, which includes elementary and middle school grades, reported an average of about 1,100 students last school year.
In March, the charter school reported 838 students in kindergarten through sixth grade, and 214 students in seventh and eighth grade, based on Georgia Department of Education FTE numbers.
Knox Elementary School has the closest enrollment to Cherokee Charter Academy’s elementary grades, Jacoby said.
“Knox had 869 students in grades K through six, according to the March FTE count. CCA had 838 students in grades K through six in the same count,” Jacoby said. “Knox employs 51 certified employees, (including) teachers and two administrators. Since August 2013, including this Thursday’s agenda items, one teacher has retired from Knox and one resigned.”
Based on Cherokee Charter Academy’s five-year budget prediction, the school planned for 54 teachers. If the school lost 17 to resignation in the 2013-14 school year, Cherokee Charter Academy lost 31 percent, or nearly one-third, of its teachers.
Jacoby said no district middle schools are close to the charter school’s size, so there’s “no comparison.”
Out of all school district elementary and middle schools, the school that lost the most teachers to resignation last year was Canton Elementary School STEM Academy, losing six teachers, or about 8 percent of its total employees, Jacoby said.
“The school employs 70 certified employees, (including) teachers and two administrators, and 917 students in grades K through six were enrolled as of the March FTE count,” Jacoby said.
Canton Elementary, in losing six teachers out of 68, saw a loss of about 9 percent of its total number of teachers.
Jacoby said, in addition to hiring six teachers from Cherokee Charter Academy at its meeting tonight, the district is also looking to hire a counselor who came from the charter school.
“CCSD does offer a competitive salary and benefit package that includes eligibility for participation in the State Health Benefit Plan and Teacher Retirement System,” Jacoby said.